If you love summer cocktails! as much as I do, youre going to love this recipe. Summer is perfect for pina coladas and even champagne cocktails but you can never go wrong with white wine sangria. Its fruity and sweet and totally cools me off when the summer sun is beating down. Plus, the fact that its filled with fruit makes it good for me, right?
Sangria is a wine based drink that originated in Spain. So if youre wondering if sangria is alcoholic, the answer is definitively yes! Youll also find fruit and sometimes sweeteners, juices and other liqueurs.
What kind of wine do you use for sangria?
There are just an infinite amounts of sangria recipes to be made. My friend Alice makes sangria the way some of us cook, but with booze. She basically pours some wine into a pitcher, adds some fruit, and then opens the liqueur cabinet and pours in a little of this and a little of that. I admire her confidence, and Ive never been let down by her sangria, not once.
Once you get the hang of sangria, playing around with different versions is quite freeing. Heres how I think of it: you can keep adding things until you get to where you want to be, so if not sweet enough, more sweetener, too boozy, more sparkling water or soda or fruit juice, too sweet, add some tartness or a little more booze. There are no wrong answers in sangria.
Use fruit that is on the firmer side, or if you are using softer fruit, add it shortly before serving. Frozen fruits are also a great option, as they chill the drink and hold their shape and texture longer.
Whether you are using sparkling water, sparkling soda, or sparkling wine, add this to the pitcher or glass just before serving so the sangria will keep its fizz. Not all sangrias are fizzy, but many have some bubbles.
Put the ice in the glasses, not in the pitcher
Made with sweet summer fruit and white wine, for this white wine sangria I used strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, blueberries, and apples to get a red white, and blue look, and the fruit infuses into the wine and looks so graži. Serve this light and refreshing drink all summer long.
Apple Stars are cut from round slices of apple. I used Granny Smith apples but any apples will work. Cut the stars with small star cookie cutters, and placed the cut apple stars in a small bowl with freshly squeezed lemon juice to keep them a fresh white color. Just pour the stars and the lemon juice right in the pitcher, and garnish with a couple of stars on each glass of white sangria!
The basic idea of Sangria is to slice fruit so it infuses into the WHITE wine. Let it chill in the fridge overnight in a large pitcher at least 5 hours so the fruit can infuse. If you like it sweeter, stir in some sugar, apple juice, simple syrup, ginger ale or 7up.
Red, White and Blue Sangria is light and refreshing! White wine, cointreau, sparkling water and fresh berries for a crisp and festive adult beverage. Makes 1 pitcher serving 8 depending on glass size.
First, pick your fruit to use depending on the season. For winter sangria, citrus is perfect. In the fall, apples, pears, and pomegranates are wonderful. If it's summer, be sure to take advantage of all of the gorgeous stone fruit available. Slice the fruit and add it to a large pitcher.
Next, add wine, brandy or other liqueur, and possibly some fruit juice to the pitcher. In addition, add something fizzy, such as club soda, flavored soda water, or bubbly soda. Stir everything together, cover, and refrigerate to let the flavors meld.
Orange and blackberry white wine sangria recipe variations:
Marked by fine persistent bubbles and because VOVETI prosecco has an orange blossom aroma, I just wanted to bring that out even more with a little squeeze of orange juice with the last of our oranges. To that I added lots of fragrant strawberries and a fewsprigs of lemon balm, just because, but you can use mint instead. Refrigerate that for a couple of hours then serve over ice topped with some more bubbly wine.
Believe it or not, as soon as the morning dew has dried up, we over here in Southern California are aboutready to jump in the pool and cool off from the heat. And what better way to do that than with a fruity cold pitcher of sangria poolside, right ?!